December 13, 2011

All Will Come Again into Its Strength

Mont Saint-Victoire, 1867

All will come again into its strength:
the fields undivided, the waters undammed,
the trees towering and the walls built low.
And in the valleys, people as strong
and varied as the land.
And no churches where God
is imprisoned and lamented
like a trapped and wounded animal.

From The Book of Hours II, 25


  1. Really enjoying and learning. The link to the background on the Rilke/Cezanne relationship is fascinating. Art creating art."...their simple truthfulness,it educates you...." Awesome.

  2. What a great declaration of hope! To think of fields undivided, waters undammed, walls built low —to think of "no churches where God is imprisoned . . . like a trapped and wounded animal"—ah, the heart can only dream!

  3. I, too, am amazed, especially at those last three lines.


"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night."

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Go ahead, bloom recklessly!